News

First new Class 195 train arrives in the UK

Our first new Class 195 train has arrived into the UK.

The diesel train arrived into Portbury, Bristol by ship from Spain on Monday 25 June and will be transported by lorry to Merseyside for finishing work over the next few weeks before it enters testing on the UK rail network.

The £500m of new trains are being built by CAF and leased to Northern.  The trains are the highlight of Northern’s modernisation plans, which also include removing Pacer trains, refurbishing all existing trains to a high standard, better stations and more services by 2020.

The new trains will boast a level of specification that will set new standards for local rail in the North, including air conditioning, at seat power sockets, free Wi-Fi, and an electronic seat reservation system. All new trains will be fully accessible.

Mary Kenny, CEO at Eversholt Rail, said “As owners of this new fleet of Class 195 trains, we are excited about moving into the next phase of the project and look forward to working together with our partners Northern and CAF on the UK commissioning and testing of these new trains.”

Ben Ackroyd, Engineering Director at Northern, said: “Getting the train onto UK soil is a major milestone in our modernisation programme.

“Northern’s engineering and operations teams have worked hard to produce a design that will deliver a real improvement in our customers’ on-board experience. I’m excited to see the first of them go into service at the end of the year.”

Latest News

Eversholt Rail award Class 375 contract to LSER

Eversholt Rail today announces that it has placed a contract valued at up to £10m with LSER to carry out modifications to its fleet of 112 Class 375 electric trains. The programme of works will commence in August 2021 with design work. The first unit upgrade will take place in December 2021 at one of LSER’s Depots. The programme is expected to complete in Q4 2024.

Read More

Revolution VLR – the future is Very Light Rail

The Revolution VLR Consortium is delighted to announce that the build and integration of the Revolution VLR Demonstrator vehicle is now complete. The project has involved 7 consortium companies working in partnership and bringing a wide range of expertise to create a first-of-a-kind Demonstrator vehicle to support improved services on branch lines, the reopening of disused railway lines, and network extensions.

Read More